Online Nursing Degrees

You can earn a nursing degree online whether you're new to the profession or looking for career advancement. Learn about what nursing degrees are offered online, the technical requirements of online programs, what you can do with your degree and whether you will be able to qualify for licensure. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Types of Nursing Degrees Are Offered Online?

Nursing programs are offered online at all degree levels, from associate's through doctoral degrees. These programs typically combine online courses with on-site clinical education.

If you're interested in beginning a nursing career, you can find online associate's and pre-licensure bachelor's degree programs in nursing. For these programs, you may be required to have some work experience in a healthcare field. Prerequisite coursework may be required, such as human anatomy, microbiology, psychology and chemistry. You may also have to provide immunization records and proof of CPR certification, undergo a physical examination and complete assessment tests.

If you're already a licensed registered nurse, you also have degree options. Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs (RN to BSN) are offered online if you hold a diploma or associate's degree in nursing and want to earn a bachelor's degree. Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs are available if you have a bachelor's degree. Several specializations are offered, including nursing education, nursing informatics and public health nursing. Nurses with bachelor's or master's degrees can pursue online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs.

Online Degree Options Online options are available for associate's through doctoral programs; on-site clinical education usually accompanies online course components
RN to BSN courses are also available for registered nurses wanting to advance
Technical Requirements A computer, Internet access and an email address are all you'll need to begin an online program
Career Options Entry-level nurse positions with an A.S
B.S. gives you more scope for career advancement
Master's degree or DNP allows you to become a specialized advanced practice nurse
Ph.D. leads to careers in teaching or research
Getting Licensed After completion of A.S or B.S. program, eligible to take National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses
License requirements vary by state

What Technical Requirements Will I Need to Meet?

All you'll need to participate in an online nursing program is a computer with Internet access and an e-mail address. Your courses are typically delivered through a Web-based learning management system, such as Blackboard or Angel. You'll have the same courses as on-campus students. Although most of your courses can be completed over the Internet, you'll need to complete your clinical education at a medical facility for hands-on experience.

What Can I Do With My Degree?

You can generally expect to find entry-level registered nurse positions with an associate's degree, but a bachelor's degree may offer you more chances for career advancement. A master's degree program will prepare you to become an advanced practice nurse - such as a nurse midwife or nurse practitioner - or you can pursue a position in administration, education or consulting. DNP programs prepare you to advance your clinical skills even further, while a Ph.D. can lead to careers in teaching or research.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job opportunities for registered nurses were projected to increase up to 16% from 2014-2024 (www.bls.gov). Although 60% of RNs are employed at hospitals, you may also find work in clinics, nursing homes, schools, home health care, rehabilitation centers and in private practice.

Will Online Programs Qualify Me For Licensure?

If you're not already a licensed nurse, you'll be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX- RN) once you complete either an associate's or pre-licensure bachelor's degree program. A license is required in all states before you can get your nursing license. States may differ in their licensing requirements, so you may want to check with the board of nursing in the state you plan to work. You can also be licensed in more than one state.

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